Question by Kitkat: What to do in sf in the winter?
I want to have my bday in san francisco, and I know that it will be all decked out for the holidays. What are some absolute musts?? Were gonna ice skate in Yerba Buena, and I was thinking of ending in the Japanese tea garden, because I just love it there. For the rest of the time my mom suggested shopping, but I feel like there’s more out there. If there isn’t really, where do you shop?? It’s gonna be me and my two friends, so we might be able to go a little pricey.
Answer by SFdude
- There is an (outdoor) ice skating rink at Embarcadero Center during the holidays.
- The “official” Christmas tree is located at Union Square. The lighting ceremony is held right after Thanksgiving. The mayor always attends and there is usually some sort of entertainment. Fisherman’s Wharf merchants will have their own decorations out for the tourists as well.
- The San Francisco Ballet performs the Nutcracker in December (they have every year since 1915).
- San Francisco’s Christmas Fair operates for several weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is located at the Cow Palace.
- There’s always a family friendly Broadway show on during the holidays. This year it is “Bring It On.”
These are some of the more traditional activities. If you simply want to shop, you can hit the huge department stores near Union Square. Or you can go to any of the shopping streets and districts (Chinatown, Japantown, Haight, Union, Chestnut, Hayes, Valencia, Mission, Castro, Polk). It is not as if there’s a lack of options when it comes to retail therapy.
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